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PTSD Coach is an app developed for service members (active or retired) who think they may be struggling with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Created jointly by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, PTSD Coach offers multiple features for addressing reactions to trauma. It provides educational information about PTSD, a checklist to help with diagnosis, skills for managing symptoms, and resources for obtaining support. PTSD Coach also let users track their symptoms over time.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.65/5.00

Overall Score: 11/14

Research Base: 3/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 1/2

Date of Rating: February 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.90/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.50
Functionality: 3.88
Aesthetics: 3.67
Information: 4.57

Subjective quality score: 2.50

Perceived impact score: 3.08

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Acceptable

Overall Score: Acceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android 4.4 and up
Developer: DHA Connected Health
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information, Test/Screener Apps
Targeted Conditions: PTSD
Target Audience: Adults (especially military personell)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost:  Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

Possemato et al: CS-PTSD Coach has high provider and patient acceptability. Kuhn et al (2014): After several days of use, users rated the app has moderately to very helpful with their PTSD symptoms. Miner et al: A community sample of trauma survivors with PTSD symptoms (N 49) were randomized to 1 month using PTSD Coach or a waitlist condition. Participants reported using the app several times per week, that PTSD Coach components were moderately helpful and that they had learned tools and skills from the app to manage their symptoms. Between conditions effect size estimates were modest for PTSD symptom improvement, but not statistically significant. Kuhn et al: 120 participants were randomized to either a PTSD Coach or a waitlist condition for 3 months. PTSD Coach participants had significantly greater improvements in PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms, and psychosocial functioning than did waitlist participants; however, at posttreatment, there were no significant mean differences in outcomes between conditions. A greater proportion of PTSD Coach participants achieved clinically significant PTSD symptom improvement than waitlist participants.